Bowling Green State University Olscamp Hall Next Generation Prototype Learning Center

BGSU is using the Next Generation Learning Space within Olscamp Hall to conduct real-world tests of learning space design concepts as students experience education in new ways. The lessons learned here will be used to make improvements in the learning environment throughout the University. Flexibility in room arrangements, digital/electronic media delivery options and even room sizes are inherent throughout this update. JDRM is honored to help the University update the space from our original 1993 design and once again blaze a trail in education. The first design meeting for this project was held on March 28th and students were using the new spaces the last week of August. In terms of construction, this timelines redefines "fast-track." As this project progressed JDRM also completed two other technology upgrade projects spanning seven lecture halls at BGSU.


JDRM transformed 15,000 square feet of Olscamp Hall to create eight state-of-the-art learning environments (classrooms, common spaces, project workrooms, and study areas) with new technology. Interactive learning is promoted through easily transformed group settings; easy access to audio visual systems; and a variety of environmental options.

During the design phase, JDRM met with the University’s Design & Construction Office representatives, Information Technology Services, and Department of Undergraduate Programs to develop design options which would bring their educational and AV concepts to life:
– collaborative, active learning spaces
– web-based, Skype-connected learning spaces
– lecture capture with Panopto and Winnov Systems
– white boards, huddle boards, painted white boards
– active learning furniture: re-configurable tables, cafe height tables, caster chairs for easy room transformation
– interactive, collaborative learning AV experiences via Extron Teamwork and Steelcase MediaScape Systems

The Audio Visual design for the Next Generation Prototype Learning Center features a flexible AV experience via multiple user stations integrated into a network of matrix switchers for content distribution and instructor control.  Students’  presentations can be displayed on local learning center 60” LED monitors via Extron Teamwork 6 position station units and Steelcase Mediascape systems. These presentations can be directed to other learning centers or multiple main room projectors via Extron touch screen control systems. A control panel is available to each student learning area, and a master control panel is located by the instructor.  Multiple combinations of display and sharing of information is available along with the ability to incorporate lecture capture for future viewing by students. Stations are connected to the campus wide LAN/WAN via wireless and hard wired connections. Wireless microphone systems for instructor use are incorporated in all spaces with overhead sound reinforcement distributed for AV audio content.

Group and informal student study spaces for 4 to 10 students have portable and fixed Steelcase Mediascape units where students can review and prepare presentation materials.  USB charging stations for personal devices are located in the student study spaces. WiFi concentration is designed to support at a minimum a BYOD (bring your own device) ratio of a minimum of 3:1 devices per student. Digital signage monitors connected to the campus BBS (bulletin board system) are located throughout the common spaces to keep students and faculty informed of events on campus.

A 100 seat active learning classroom that can be separated and utilized in multiple configurations to create one large room or a combination of medium and small rooms was the jewel of the project. Extron control stations and lighting control stations were located at each room end to control room set up. The 3 projectors and motorized screens direct nine student stations allowing any combination of set up and control. Eleven student stations with nine 60” LED displays and nine Extron control panels are located around the perimeter of the room. Instructors may control and distribute A/V content from any student stations in any room configuration and to any of the 9 monitors or 3 projectors. Large 8” flush floor boxes house electrical and A/V connections for the eleven student pods. Each student pod is equipped with an Extron Teamwork 6 position station.

An experimental distance learning/video conference room is part of the Prototype space. This room included multiple classroom cameras for video capture of instructor, students, and content. Video display for this space included three 80” LCD monitors. The audio system for the space has overhead speakers and a multi-channel digital wireless microphone system. The room is set up for using web based remote conferencing. This room and one other are outfitted for lecture capture.

In the Prototype space two lecture capture systems were incorporated: Panopto and Winnov. The Panopto system is a PC based system that is the University standard system. The Winnov system was an additional system to provide enhanced capabilities. The Winnov system enables the recording of multiple video images simultaneously. Production editing is incorporated into the system and additional features allow interfacing with web based services such as YouTube.

AV signals utilize HDMI local cabling with cabling to the head end AV equipment control room being over fiber and Cat6 extenders.

In an extremely fast-tracked time frame, JDRM provided field services, start-up assistance, construction oversight, and assisted in owner commissioning throughout construction. Additionally, JDRM attended all design meetings and coordinated architectural services, furniture selection, loose furnishing selections, so that all systems integrated with the AV requirements. Due to the complexity of the AV and Technology systems JDRM was the lead on the project design team with the architect being under their direction.

The HVAC design required the improvement of the heating and cooling air flow requirements of the renovated education spaces. The project area is served by a central air handling system. These systems offer the greatest potential for energy conservation by utilizing the outdoor air effectively. The air handler is a dual duct system, providing both cooling and heating simultaneously. Cooling in some areas and heating in other areas, can be achieved at the same time. This type of air system is very responsive to variations in the space loads, thus it is possible to maintain required conditions precisely.

Engineering Disciplines

Mechanical Engineering

Plumbing Engineering

Fire Protection Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Technology Design  

Scope of Service

Estimating Services

Budget and Schedule Management

Necessary Field Work

Design Meetings

Document Preparation: specifications, schematic design, design development, bid documents

Building Permits

Shop Drawing Review

Punch List

State of Ohio Capital Project Administration Process Delivery Method – Construction Manager at Risk

JDRM served BGSU in 1993, creating the 100,000 square foot Olscamp Hall building which included what was then the latest in audio-visual technology: video monitors for multimedia displays in classrooms and lecture halls plus video conferencing via satellite up link.   Our services included the engineering of fiber optic cabling from the facility to the off-site television station, featured advanced security systems and included multiple options for controlling the operations. We are honored BGSU turned to us again as they work to remain in the forefront of educational excellence.

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